With less than a week to go until our 32nd Chester International Film Festival, it’s worth pointing out the great breadth of talent on show.
Loving Vincent – Oscar Nominee for Best Animated Feature. This is in addition to wins already from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and the European Film Awards.
I Am Not a Witch – Rungano Nyoni ‘outstanding debut’ Bafta
A film about an African witch camp by a Welsh-Zambian director has won a Bafta for outstanding debut.
Rungano Nyoni’s feature I Am Not A Witch tells the story of an eight-year-old Zambian girl accused of being a witch.
The director, who was brought up in Cardiff from the age of eight, accepted the prize alongside producer Emily Morgan.
She appeared to be shocked to have won, saying: “We’re not prepared.”
After thanking her husband, mother and niece, she said: “I’m now pulling things from the air. Erm, who else? Oh, and the cast and the crew, thank you.”
In Between – awards for best supporting actress and best actress from Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, and for best film from Istanbul International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and Zagreb Film Festival
Menashe – best independent film from National Board of Review, USA, grand jury prize from Deauville Film Festival.
On Body and Soul – Oscar nominated best foreign language film of the year, best film Berlin International Film Festival, International Cinephile Society Awards, Sydney Film Festival.
The Nile Hilton Incident – Grand jury prize Sundance Film Festival, best film Valladolid International Film Festival, Guldbagge Awards, La Grand Prix Beaune International Thriller Film Festival.
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